Moliere 's Tartuffe : Society 's Portrait Of The Enlightenment Era

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Moliere’s Tartuffe: Society’s portrait of the Enlightenment Era
Moliere’s Tartuffe narrates the paradoxical story of a clever impostor who, pretending religious devotion and friendship, enters into the good graces of Orgon, a foolish wealthy bourgeois, and his mother Pernelle, eager to reestablish their family moral rigor against the widespread corruption of morals. Neither his wife Elmire or other family members, including his brother in law Cléante and the maid Dorine, managed to convince Orgon regarding the hypocritical nature of Tartuffe. Furthermore, Orgon donates all his possessions to Tartuffe, to whom also gives in marriage his daughter Mariane, already promised to Valère. After many vicissitudes, though, Elmire gives to her husband the proof of Tartuffe 's knavery, who, despite having been exposed, try to take over the assets of Orgon. However, the King, from the height of his wisdom, unmasks the impostor and returns honor and possessions to Orgon. Moliere’s Tartuffe offers an attentive portrait of the French society of the Enlightenment Era by exposing the religious hypocrisy, exploring women’s emancipation, and masterfully using the neoclassical elements of form.
The author, through the perversity of Tartuffe 's character, intends to hit the hypocrisy and fanatic moralism flaunted by several influential people at the King 's court, by targeting those false devotees who, in opposition to the libertines, and amoral atheists, gather in congregations with the aim of…

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